What is Nature Preschool?
The Nature Preschool at Heart Centered Multi-Age is a child-centered outdoor preschool program held in partnership with the Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc. Our play-based curriculum is designed specifically for our youngest learners, ages 3 and 4.
At Heart Centered Multi-Age, we believe that children learn best in a fun and exciting environment. We believe in the education of the the whole child, cognitively, physically, socially, and spiritually.
Congitively - Children in the Nature Preschool develop congnitive skills such as literacy and numeracy, and a willingness to apply themselves in problem solving.
Physically - Children in the Nature Preschool develop physical competence through fine and gross motor play and building with one's own hands.
Socially, - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a sense of empathy, reciprocity and love of family, friends and others.
Spiritually - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a spiritual sense of unity between self and the natural world and all its creatures. *
*(Sobel 2015, 85)
7:00 - 8:30 Early morning drop off at HCMA's main location.
8:30 - 9:00 Children at HCMA prepare to leave for the Slim Baker Lodge
9:00 - 11:00 Morning Circle, introduction to the day: Learning Stations in the outdoor classroom, snack, small and large group investigations of weekly themes
11:00 - 1200 Indoor work time
12:00 -12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 1:00 Prepare to for pick up.
TWo Days Per Week
Children attend school on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.
Three Days Per Week
Children attend school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.
Four Days Per Week
Older children may attend school 4 days per week. This option gives the child one day in the traditional HCMA classroom in addition to their time at Nature Preschool.
All Nature Preschool options require an additional $250 Supply Fee upon admittance.